Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 dropped last week, meaning you can get remastered versions of two of the most iconic “sports” games ever made and experience some of the highest watermarks set in games of generations’ past.
There aren’t many new games like the Tony Hawk titles these days, and even attempts to re-capture the magic of earlier games in the series tend to go awry. That said, if you do want somewhat fresh and mobile takes on arcade, trick-based gameplay, here are our top picks.
Trail Boss BMX is a trail-riding bike game full of ramps for you to flip and twist off of to your heart’s content. This game is probably the mobile game that best captures the essence of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater’s gameplay, though it is missing some of the personality that makes those games so memorable.
I know this is a racing game, but Riptide GP: Renegade demands that you hit ramps and perform tricks if you want to earn boost and blast through courses as quickly as possible. If you want a great racing game that has just a dash of Tony Hawk flair, this is a worthy pickup.
Trade in the skateboard for some skis, move the camera overhead, add in some open-world exploration, and you’ve basically transformed a Tony Hawk game into Grand Mountain Adventure. This is probably the easiest point of entry to trying something new on this list since the game is free, and a single in-app purchase allows you to check out new maps to explore and trick off of.
Stomped! is another snowy take on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and it focuses on running the perfect line of tricks on small, 2D courses. This game can get quite technical, so if you’re looking for something to push your trick-comboing skills to their limit, pick this one up.
Putting this list together with games that are actually good was a challenge, which is why something like Absolute Drift makes this list. Like Riptide GP: Renegade, this game is more about driving, but its focus is much more about completing challenges in environments setup to be drifting playgrounds than it is about speed or anything else. Be warned though, the loose car controls are best suited for controller play, so make sure you have one handy before giving Absolute Drift a shot.